Colleen Leahy

Radio Producer


Colleen Leahy



Are Referenda Actually Good For Democracy?

An election worker separates ballots from security envelopes at the King County Elections office Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, in Renton, Wash. Election workers in King County collected more than 100,000 ballots from drop boxes a day earlier, on Election Day, and over 50,000 came in the mail Wednesday.

Fact-Checking In 2018 And Beyond

The crowd starts to fill the National Mall as the sun rises before the swearing in of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the Untied State during the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo.

NRA Downgrades 15 GOP Candidates

Senate Judiciary Committee will hold confirmation hearings on William Barr, the nominee for U.S. attorney general. The hearing begins at about 8:30 a.m.

A Look At Facebook's Hate Speech Policy

A woman and man marching with White nationalist Jason Kessler arrive at 17th and Pennsylvania as they arrive to the White House to rally on the one year anniversary of the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" rally, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, in Washington.

Why Is Operation Migration Ending After Almost Two Decades?

A keeper wearing a "crane suit," to resemble a parent whooping crane, feeds a recently born chick, a critically endangered species, with her hand in a puppet, at the Audubon Nature Institute's Species Survival Center in New Orleans, Thursday, June 21, 2018. To ensure the chicks don’t take to people, keepers wear the disguises to hide the human shape and obscure the face.

New Alphabet Book Features Sneaky Words

A is for apple, B is for bicycle, and C is for… czar? A new book explores the sneakiest, most frustrating words in the English language. Hear about gnocchi-eating gnomes, gift-wrapping wrens, and more. Then share your favorite children’s book and what made it special.

How Did Dogs Become Dogs?

Subject of endless memes and even taking the place of babies, dogs have been with us for upwards of ten thousand years. Or is it thirty thousand? Our most familiar interspecies friends are shrouded in mystery. That old story about humans taking it upon themselves to domesticate wolves might just be a myth. This hour, a look at how dogs (maybe) became dogs.

The Fake News About Shakespeare

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, William Shakespeare coined over 3,000 words that are still in use in modern-day English. Well, a few years ago the authoritative dictionary cut that number down to about 1,500 words — but no matter; it’s still a huge number. Well, actually ... the OED never said that Shakespeare invented words.

Tattoos As Old As Time

Tattoos have been around for thousands of years, possibly even as long as humans themselves. The recent discovery of tattoos on two 5,000 year old Egyptian mummies underscores that possibility. This hour, we’re talking about why tattoos aren’t just a trend, but part of being human.

A Life Of Firsts: The Legacy Of Vel Phillips

Before the catalytic 200 nights of fair housing marches in Milwaukee and before Lyndon B. Johnson’s federal fair housing legislation, there was Vel Phillips. Phillips passed away on Tuesday this week. Phillips began pushing for fair housing legislation to her white, male colleagues five years before the housing marches in Milwaukee began and six years before a federal fair housing bill was passed.

Milwaukee's Fair Housing Marches, 50 Years Later

On August 28, 1967, the Milwaukee NAACP Youth Council, their advisor Father James Groppi, alderwoman Vel Phillips and members of the public marched from the city’s black north side, over “Milwaukee’s Mason-Dixon Line” — the 16th Street Viaduct — and into the white south side. When the group of 250 or so protesters set out to march again the next night, they were met with 13,000 counter-protesters armed with eggs, bottles, rocks and other projectiles, and the NAACP returned to their headquarters that night to find it’d been set on fire.

Analyzing The Racial Gap In Infant Mortality Rates

A recent report from the Milwaukee Health Department found that, although the city’s overall infant mortality rate has dropped since 2000, there is a persistent racial gap in infant mortality rates. Black babies born in Milwaukee are three times more likely to die than white babies. This isn’t just a problem in Milwaukee, though - it’s nationwide.


Colleen Leahy

Colleen Leahy is a producer for Wisconsin Public Radio. She likes animals, politics, religion, literature, art and lots of other stuff. In her spare time she loves to read, pretend to do ballet, and listen to more podcasts than you (probably).